Snacking The New Lunch

Friday, September 10, 2010 - 8:50am

Dietitians say subbing snacks for lunch is okay with the right menu.

A hot dog in the afternoon. Is it a meal or is it a snack?

Snacking is as popular as ever.

Dietitian Danielle Lipparelli says snacking is a popular approach to losing weight.

"You need to plan snacks just as importantly as you need to plan your meals," she explains.

That means keeping the calories down.

But snacking isn't always about losing weight, sometimes it's about losing time.

Fast food restaurants are picking up on this and have seen sales go up in the afternoon snack time.

According to an article in the Wall Wtreet Journal, McDonalds most popular snack items are coffee drinks, smoothies, snack wraps and small desserts such as the snack-size McFlurry.

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